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(Login barra733) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 22.214.171.124
At the risk of invoking the wrath of the General Forum Mods (my post is slightly modelling related): I have a very old Dell laptop which I use soley in my modelling cave for research and playing music. Lately the fan's been running constantly and when it comes on the computer slows to an unuseable level, including the music. Anyone any idea what's going on or recommend a good (free) clean up program?
(Login Albowie) MODERATORS ONLY - General 126.96.36.199
May 9 2012, 6:06 PM
I do not think you are going to find any simple fix for this one. The Fan running continously is a good indication that you are getting a large heat buildup on the motherboard or the CPU itself. THe fact it slows right down indicates that is more than likely the CPU or assciated circuitry. We had a few of our old Dell Laptops do just that and when we stripped one down there were heating marks on the Motherboard probably caused by Dry Joints which cause high resistance and the associated heat. Sadly I feel you may need to replace it.
Any PC more than two years old is probably wasted. I have a MacBook that's 3 1/2 years old and it's faster than any
PC and I don't have to use system cleanup software. Or, try an iPad. You van play. Your iTunes and surf the web. I'm using my iPad now to surf.
Alan Mckenzie (Login BigAltheMac) Missing-Lynx members 188.8.131.52
May 9 2012, 9:58 PM
Your statement sounds like the typical Mac Fanboys that love to spread the gospel in many a Windows PC forum.
Don't get me wrong, I like Macs and have used Macs in my work but they are no different to PC in their working life, upgrades, reliability etc.
My current Pc is a Pentium machine purchased in 2002 running Windows XP. The only thing I've done to it is replaced a duff DVD drive and upped the ram to 1.5 GB. I use it every day for both work and pleasure, and I'm not talking a few Word documents. I use it with CAD and Rendering programs for design work that earns me a living every working day. My old boss on the other hand is on his third Macbook after two previous ones motherboards failed.
As regards the original posters problem, check out the fan ducts. My Daughters laptop was doing as you described and the build up of dust and fluffy lump pulled out of the poor laptop looked like a baby's sock !! Sadly it was too late for her one as the heat had caused other motherboard issues. Not the machines fault or the operating system. She now has a riser unit to keep the newer one off the furniture etc. and I'll be cleaning out the ducts etc. as I do my PC on a regular basis.
(Login gharker) Missing-Lynx members 184.108.40.206
May 10 2012, 1:17 PM
I have been in the computer industry for well over 20 years and I have worked with Macs, PC's and even main frames.
The big difference to me between a Mac (which I have) and a PC (which I prefer) is the cost and software availability.
My home PC never crashes and is probably around 7 or 8 years old (Runs XP Pro).
My PC Laptop for work also never crashes, but it is only 6 months old (Runs Windows 7 Pro).
My Mac is in storage, as I only used it to write code for my Mac clients and they have not required anything in a while.
Take good care of your machine and it will last a long time.
And people clean the dust out of them, you will notice an improvement, including how much quieter they can be (both Mac's and PC's).
Mac and PC people really need to stop hating each other.
I don't hate PCs. I just prefer Macs and recommend them. As a non-technical computer user, I don't want to deal with the amount of system maintenance that PCs can require. For the typical home user the simplicity of using a Mac appeals to me. Whatever the platform, as long as we can all have constructive modeling exchanges, all else is moot.
Sorry I touched such a sensitive nerve. Nowhere in my original post did I offer any advice or suggestion other than "try an iPad" and yet that comment is worthy of your criticism and subsequent disqualification. Perhaps I'm the only computer non-technical computer user on ML. Oh, woe is me! Wow.
It's ironic that two of the first three responses appear to agree with the gist of my comment when they state that he might likely need to replace his Dell. I didn't know Mac users were not entitled to an opinion - even if it shares the same sentiment of those already stated by apparent PC users. Wow.
(Login gharker) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
May 11 2012, 4:02 PM
All I did was quote you word for word, FYI you also suggested a MacBook
This is your post in whole
Any PC more than two years old is probably wasted. I have a MacBook that's 3 1/2 years old and it's faster than any PC and I don't have to use system cleanup software. Or, try an iPad. You van play. Your iTunes and surf the web. I'm using my iPad now to surf.
You then followed up with reference to yourself "As a non-technical computer user
So I responded with But if you admit that you are a "non-technical computer user" then maybe you should not be giving computer advice such as 'Any PC more than two years old is probably wasted'
FYI I also do not require any system maintenance I simply turn it on and off, all is automated.
Gregg Gaither (Login Thermalsights) Missing-Lynx members 18.104.22.168
May 11 2012, 8:18 PM
I'm not taking this any further after this as something must be defective on your end. Perhaps your monitor added the phrase "I suggest a Mac" or "I recommend a Mac" or "you should buy a Mac" or "you should trash your computer". There was a statement written that his "old horse" might need to be taken out and shot, but I don't think that was meant as advice either. Your comments were specific and proposed a course of action -that's advice, and good for you for offering it. Where does the phrase "any PC more than two years old is probably wasted" constitute advice? I didn't realize we had to be an expert to offer an opinion or suggestion.
In the English language words have specific meaning. I prefer that they be read that way.
As I said, I hope Ian's computer problems get resolved. I'm glad you have good luck with your PC. All this non expert can say is that I have a close friend who owns a successful engineering firm who also prefers Macs for his and his family's use. To each his own, I will sign off knowing that I never criticized you or your opinions and advice to Ian. May our paths never cross unless you can do the same.